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America's Fiscal Constitution, featuring former Mayor Bill White

In his new book “America’s Fiscal Constitution,” Bill White dispels common myths about the budget and extracts practical lessons from the nation’s five previous spikes in debt. Drawing on original scholarship and his experience in finance and public service, White offers an objective and hopeful guide for those trying to make sense of the current debt crisis and its impact on their lives and futures.

The Honorable James A. Baker, III, former secretary of the treasury, called the book a “must-read for those who believe that we should get our economic house in order,” adding that “our nation cannot be strong militarily, diplomatically or politically unless it is strong economically.”

Bill White is senior advisor at Lazard, advising corporate leaders and governments worldwide. He served as mayor of Houston from 2004 to 2010 and has worked as the CEO of a successful business and as a member of numerous corporate boards. 

A reception and book signing will follow the event. “America’s Fiscal Constitution” will be available to purchase courtesy of Rice University Bookstore. 

Complimentary valet parking will be available at this event.


Featured Speaker

The Honorable Bill White
Former Mayor of Houston

Welcoming Remarks

The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian
Founding Director, Rice University's Baker Institute


The Baker Institute and Bill White would like to thank the host committee for this event:

The Honorable Hushang and Shahla Ansary
Scott Atlas
Milton and Cynthia Carroll
Albert and Anne Chao
Janet Clark
Alan and Malinda Crain
Pete and Lynn Coneway
Jim and Molly Crownover
Linnet Deily
Charles and Anne Duncan
The Honorable Rodney Ellis and Licia Green

Nijad and Zeina Fares
Doug and Sarah Foshee
Billy and Rosalie Hitchcock
Paul and Janet Hobby
Hasty and Sis Johnson
Rich and Nancy Kinder
David Leebron and Ping Sun
Mike and Carol Linn
John and Anne Mendelsohn
Richard and Ginni Mithoff
Bob and Suzanne Nimocks

Tony and Cynthia Petrello
Gary Rosenthal
L. E. and Ginny Simmons
Craig and Kathryn Smyser
Gary and Tracy Stein
Dick and Diane Trabulsi
Gene and Susan Vaughan
Dick and Meg Weekley
David and Mary Wolff
Michael and Nina Zilkha





Thu, April 3, 2014
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005
United States

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